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Ritual Textuality: Pattern and Motion in Performance

Matt Tomlinson


A classic question in the anthropology of religion is how ritual performances achieve—or fail to achieve—their effects. This book argues that participants condition their own expectations of ritual efficacy by interactively creating distinct textual patterns of sequence, conjunction, contrast, and substitution. Drawing on long-term research on Christianity in Fiji, the book presents in-depth studies of each of these patterns, taken from a wide range of settings: a fiery, soul-saving Pentecostal crusade; relaxed gatherings at which people drink the narcotic beverage kava; deathbeds at which mis ... More

Keywords: anthropology of religion, Christianity, ritual, ritual efficacy, text, entextualization, Fiji

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199341139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Tomlinson, author
The Australian National University

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